Whether a patient chooses Invisalign, braces or The Damon System, orthodontics is constantly improving and becoming more comfortable, effective, attractive and affordable. In the past 20 years, incredible advances in braces have been made, virtually eliminating the “metal-mouth” fears that so many people had as kids. Invisalign, in particular, is in a league of its own. In many cases, it’s just as effective as braces and may be suitable for a wide range of dental issues, such as spacing, bite problems and crowding.
How exactly has Invisalign changed orthodontics as we know it? It’s relatively new on the scene, but is asked for by name at orthodontic clinics around the country. Here are just a few ways Invisalign became a game changer:
1. It made orthodontics removable:
The Invisalign retainers can be taken out for up to four hours per day. This allows patients to remove their orthodontics for eating, oral hygiene, photos and major events, from weddings to graduations. This gives patients more control and comfort, especially since they know they won’t have to practice a closed-mouth grin for the foreseeable future.
2. It boosts comfort:
Today’s traditional braces are much more comfortable than older systems, making those monthly band tightenings not nearly as headache-inducing. However, Invisalign is completely pain-free. The system is comprised of customized trays that fit tightly to your teeth, slowly shifting them into place. It feels like wearing a thin, personalized retainer — not braces.
3. They’re suitable for professionals:
Many adults today have braces and nobody looks twice at them. However, it can still make you feel like a teenager (and not in a good way) if you’re a business executive, startup founder or regularly make important presentations. Invisalign gives professional adults the confidence they need to get the job done and straighten their teeth at the same time.
4. They’re teen-proof:
Since Invisalign is a system of aligners, not a fixed solution like braces, it’s unsurprising that they can get lost, especially when the patient is a teenager. The special Invisalign program for teens allows for multiple free replacements (up to six!) so parents don’t have to worry about their bank account taking a hit just because their teen is being a teen.
5. They make oral hygiene easy:
Properly cleaning and flossing your teeth can be a challenge when you have to work around braces. With Invisalign, you can simply take out the aligners for oral hygiene. This avoids yellowing, staining and getting food stuck in teeth/orthodontics, which can be common with braces.
Only you and your orthodontist together can decide if braces or Invisalign is the best choice for you. You must consider many factors, but for a lot of patients, Invisalign is a great solution. Contact Johnson Elite Orthodontics to schedule a consultation and see if Invisalign is the perfect fit for your orthodontic needs.